You scream, we scream, everyone screams for ice cream! If the hot weather has left you  hankering for something cold and creamy, treat yourself and your kid crew to a scoop (or two!) at one of our favorite ice cream, custard, gelato or froyo shops around the city. It’s the perfect way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month when you’re craving the good stuff. Scroll down for the deets.

Salt & Straw

This family-owned business, which has gained a cult-like following since its first opening in 2011, is known for conjuring up wildly imaginative, city-specific flavors made with in-season organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from local businesses. Produced in small batches, Salt & Straw’s ice creams combine unique flavors you can’t (and won't!) find anywhere else.

Their menu has two parts: “classics” which are permanent menu fixtures that are so beloved they remain year-round and “limited edition” flavors that rotate each month. Both locations (Ballard and Capitol Hill) feature 11 classics including Honey Lavender (a delightfully light purple-hued treat), Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons (featuring hand-burned caramel with a deep, rich flavor you won’t find in your grocery aisle), Chocolate Gooey Brownie (hot chocolate ice cream with hearty chunks of chewy brownie bits made with homemade marshmallow fluff), Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper (Pacific NW strawberries with a shmidge of homey balsamic vinegar and a little black pepper to bring the berries into their happy place) and Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee (aged peppercorn Marco Polo cheese drizzled into salted ice cream with a hint of homemade green and black peppercorn butter brittle for a fruity, salty, savory trifecta of flavor only Salt & Straw could conjure up). Other classics include Double Fold Vanilla, Elm Coffee & Westland Whiskey, Ellenos Yogurt & Matcha, Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer and Coconut Mint Chip Cupcake.

Good to Know: If you don’t want to make the trek to Ballard or Capitol Hill, Salt & Straw’s ice cream is available for delivery through Postmates. Simply place your order online or through the app and you can have pints of Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons or Chocolate Gooey Brownie delivered to your doorstep in minutes.

5420 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Capitol Hill 
714 E. Pike St.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.



photo: Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale

The creative geniuses behind Seattle's delicious cupcakes have brought their bakeshop favorites to ice cream, so you can have your cake and your ice cream too. Enjoy flavors like Red Velvet, Salted Caramel or Triple Vanilla, made with fresh, natural, local ingredients, or try the newest flavors in the Royale Creamery’s Elevated Soda Fountain Classic series (think: Banana Split and Salted Cookie Dough ice creams and Retro Cherry Cola sorbet). Go ahead and order a double scoop. We won't tell!

Good to Know: Look for the Elevated Soda Fountain Classics ice creams and sorbet by the scoop and the pint in your neighborhood Cupcake Royale cafes throughout the month of July. Scoops are available in the Ballard, Capitol Hill and Queen Anne cafes and pints of all three new flavors are available in all cafes. Note: West Seattle and Madrona only carry pints and ice cream cookie sandwiches.

Be sure to put the following summer scoop deals on your calendar:

Ballard Seafood Fest (July 13-15) - $2 scoops
West Seattle Summer Fest  (July 13-15) - $4 sammies
Queen Anne Day (July 14) - $2 scoops
Capitol Hill Block Party (July 20-22) - $2 scoops.

Capitol Hill
1111 E. Pike St.
Seattle, Wa 98122

2052 N.W. Market St.
Seattle, Wa 98107

Downtown Seattle
108 Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98101

Queen Anne
1935 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109

West Seattle
4556 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98116

1101 34th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122


Molly Moon’s

You used to have to drive to Wallingford to wait in an around-the-corner line for Seattle’s best ice cream. That was so 2009. Now, almost every pocket of the city can stake a claim to a Molly Moon’s, including Madrona, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, University Village, Wallingford and 19th & Mercer downtown. C’mon, Ms. Molly Moon Neitzel: here's hoping for new stores to start selling scoops of salted caramel and scout mint in Beacon Hill and West Seattle.

1/2 1622 N. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103

Capitol Hill
917 E. Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98122

Queen Anne
321 W. Galer St.
Seattle, Wa 98119

1408 34th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122

2615 N.E. 46th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Downtown (Hello Robin)
522 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112

Columbia City
4822 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118

16272 Cleveland St.
Redmond, Wa 98052


Snoqualmie Ice Cream

This ice creamery is a bit of a drive for Seattle families, however it’s worth it! Snoqualmie churns sorbet, ice cream and frozen custard (our favorite is the Lemon Custard) with no artificial flavors or colors and is sweetened with non-GMO cane sugar. They also churn a line of Snoqualmie Organic flavors (try their salty caramel - it's to die for!) and 22 gluten-free flavors. In addition, their shop (Snoqualmie Ice Cream & Fountain) hosts parties, so you can take your next big bash there. It’s also a perfect place to end a trip to Flower World or even Woodinville. And you can also buy pints at local markets if Snohomish isn’t on your "to-do” list or find it at several restaurants around Seattle, including Ivar's on the waterfront.

Good to Know: Order pints from their website and have them delivered right to your doorstep. It doesn't get any sweeter than that!

21106 86th Ave. S.E.
Snohomish, Wa 98296


The city’s favorite organic, homemade ice cream truck now serves espresso, confections, ice cream cakes, push pops and scoops in its brick-and-mortar digs in Ballard. The storefront near the Ballard library also features a play area. Score!

2034 N.W. 56th St.
Seattle, Wa 98107

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

This Pike Place Market favorite is an old-school soda fountain, complete with novelty ice cream sundaes and egg creams. The interiors are preciously pastel and modern, with a row of stools to perch and enjoy your Mighty-O Donut topped with Lopez Island vanilla and a dollop of hot fudge. Make a day of it and enjoy a walk around the market or trip to the aquarium after.

1525 1st Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Husky Deli

This West Seattle icon is where everyone heads for cups, cones and milkshakes. The family owned shop has been making its ice cream for over 75 years! In addition to classic flavors, Husky Deli makes an array of gourmet flavors, but it's their Husky Flake, French Orange and Dollar Mint that keeps locals coming back. Pick up a few scoops, sandwiches and drinks, head to Alki and voila! A perfect day with the kids.

4721 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98116

photo: Helen Green

Full Tilt

The closest ice cream will ever get to being considered punk rock, Full Tilt serves sweet treats in colorful shops featuring pinball machines that hearken back to when we were kiddos. In addition to dairy flavors like mexican chocolate and green tea chip, vegan families can bite into scoops of crusty punkin or mint chocolate.

5453 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107

Columbia City
5041 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118

Capitol Hill
328 15th Ave E.
Seattle, Wa 98112

White Center
9629 16th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98106

4759 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.‎
Seattle, WA 98105


photo: Sweet Lo’s

Sweet Lo’s Handmade Ice Cream

Though Lauren Wilson doesn’t (yet?) have her own storefront, her made-to-order ice cream is top notch and worthy of a mention. The Sweet Lo’s website has an impressive menu—classics like cookies and cream, butter pecan or mint chip,—but Wilson will also make custom quarts and gallons and ice cream cakes, meaning you can get anything your sweet tooth desires. Delivery to your door (within Seattle) is just $5 extra.

Click here to view a list of retailers that sell Sweet Lo's Ice Cream.


photo: Kristina Moy

Cloud Nine Creamery

For ice cream lovers, it doesn’t get much better than a seriously sweet scoop of handcrafted ice cream. But did you know there's a place in town where you can get an exceptionally smooth and creamy scoop made to order right in front of your eyes? Say hello to Cloud Nine Creamery, Westfield Southcenter’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop. It's a science experiment turned dessert craze that you gotta give a lick. 

How it Works: Start by selecting your base: milk, yogurt or vegan coconut and your container: waffle bowl, cone or cup. Then, choose your flavor. Cloud Nine offers 18 different flavors, including Strawberry, Raspberry, Lychee, Coconut, Mint, Cherry, Green Tea, Vanilla, Cookie ‘N Cream, Double Chocolate, Cake Batter, Nutella, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Coffee and Pistachio. Next, it’s time to add your mix-ins which range from candy and nuts to cookie crumbles and fruit. There's 27 different options to choose from, so don't be shy. Personalized concoctions are handcrafted right in front of your eyes using the magic, err science, of liquid nitrogen. And once the fog lifts, your delicious and oh-so creamy concoction is ready to eat. Want to make your ice cream even sweeter? Add on a Sauce Syringe ($1 each or four for $3) and top your Cloud Nine creation off with chocolate fudge, sweetened condensed milk, cherry, caramel or seasonal flavors.

Good to Know: Being a family owned and operated business, Cloud Nine knows the importance and value of working with local partners. That’s why the shop has partnered with several Northwest businesses to help make the magic and science of its liquid nitrogen ice cream even sweeter. Look for special ice cream concoctions made with desserts from Alki Bakery and coffee from Caffé D’arte. 

Cloud Nine Creamery (located between Sears & and Din Tai Fung)
Westfield Southcenter
191 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila, Wa

photo: Emily Williams

Mora Iced Creamery

We don’t know what the folks at Mora add to their recipe to make such indulgent, silky smooth batches of ice cream, but whatever they’re doing they’re doing it right. So right, in fact, that it’s worth the ferry ride to Bainbridge or a mini family road trip to Poulsbo or Kingston just to indulge in scoops of blackberry or coconut goodness.

139 Madrone Lane
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110

18801 Front St.
Poulsbo, Wa 98370

11250 State Hwy. 104
Kingston, Wa 98346


Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery

Grab some of Scoop Du Jour’s delicious ice cream in a waffle cone and walk down to the park or waterfront in Madison Park. No frills and around forever, Scoop Du Jour is an unpretentious, beloved Seattle tradition. Don’t miss out on their kid-approved burgers or grilled cheese, either.

4029 E. Madison St.
Seattle, Wa 98112

Bluebird Ice Cream

Bluebird is as much a destination for kiddos as it is for adults: Little ones love bowls of ice cream infused with the likes of pink-iced animal crackers or floats made with Rachel’s ginger beer or small batch root beer, and grown-ups can fill take-home growlers of Chocolate Milk Stout at the Greenwood and Capitol Hill stores from Bluebird’s nanobrewery.

1205 E. Pike St.
Seattle, Wa 98122

7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103

3515 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103


photo: Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s

This famous Vermont ice cream hits the spot if you’re looking for a sweet stop with the kids at Greenlake or while shopping at Westfield Southcenter Mall. Try Ben and Jerry’s Greek yogurt flavors for a slightly healthier option, including the blueberry vanilla graham.

Green Lake
7900 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Suite 104
Seattle, Wa 98103

176 Lake St. S.
Kirkland, Wa 98033

Westfield Southcenter
2800 Southcenter Mall
K2688 Kiosk 9250
Tukwila, Wa 98188

Issaquah Highlands
1011 N.E. High St., Ste 103
Issaquah, Wa 98029

Bellevue Square
166 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004

Uptown Gig Harbor
4635 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Building 11, Ste. 400
Gig Harbor, Wa 98335


photo: The Cookie Counter

The Cookie Counter

Ice cream aficionados love the vegan treats at The Cookie Counter's Greenwood shop. The shop which started as—and still maintains—a 1974 VW bus as a mobile cart that you can find around the city. The ice cream is made with coconut milk and many of the sandwiching cookies are gluten-free; flavors change daily but it’s hard to beat the classic chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream combo.

7415 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, Wa 98103

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

The smell of fresh-made waffle cones hits you from a block down Greenwood from this adorable little café. Who could resist? The gelato here is rich and ultra-flavorful; even the "small" can be made with two flavors, so try multiple flavors like the sea salt caramel or nutty pistachio (or go fruity with the dairy-free sorbettos). There’s no need to rush, as there are tables and a felt play wall at the back perfect to keep littles entertained.

Phinney Ridge
7212 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, Wa 98103

2425 33rd Ave. W.
Seattle, Wa 98199

Four Corners
26636 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd. S.E., Ste. H-100
Maple Valley, Wa 98038


photo: Bottega Italiana

Bottega Italiana

Wish you were in Italy? This is where you can get your gelato fix. Bottega Italiana’s ingredients are fresh and creative, and the menu includes vegan and non-dairy options. With 60% less fat than ice cream, you’ll be saying “grazi!” alongside the kids.

Pike Place Market
1425 1st Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101

Fainting Goat Gelato

Located in Wallingford, this small family business serves up delicious handcrafted gelato and sorbetto in a variety of flavors. In addition to local seasonal berries, Fainting Goat also uses only organic milk and sugar making the shop a popular family destination.

Good to Know: Fainting Goat rotates their flavors daily, so expect to find a new fave (or two!) every day of the week.

1903 N. 45th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103


Sirena Gelato

During the warm summer months, families line up outside to get a huge scoop of this delicious premium gelato, handcrafted one pan at a time from an old-fashioned Italian recipe. Indulge in one of their many flavors including amaretto, cappuccino, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lemon or coconut or go for a pan dolce gelato “popsicle” or one of the many frozen sandwiches heaped with the Italian treat.

109 Park Ln.
Kirkland, Wa 98033

960 Harris Ave.
Bellingham, Wa 98225


photo: Kristina Moy


A San Fernando Valley, California chain with a slew of local stores, it’s hard to say no to Menchie’s self-serve froyo since it averages about 20 to 40 calories per ounce. When your kids add gummy worms, cookie dough chunks and peanut butter sauce that good-for-you dessert might cross the line into junk food territory, but you can always stick with fresh fruit toppings...and maybe a drizzle of hot chocolate.

Many area locations


The other major player in the self-serve froyo scene, Yogurtland’s bright green tiled interior gives kids plenty of eye candy. But they’ll probably be too focused on those bowls of lemon cream cookie and birthday cupcake batter to notice.

10216 S.E. 256th St.
Kent, Wa 98030

233 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004

600 228th Ave. N.E.
Sammamish, Wa 98074


Old School Frozen Custard

Old School has been handing out cones of creamy soft serve custard made for more than five years. In addition to the always available chocolate and vanilla, rotating flavors like juicy lemon, banana cream pie and blueberry cheesecake can be blended with toppings into “blizzards.” Psst! View the flavor of day calendar online.

1316 E. Pike St.
Seattle, Wa 98122

—Kristina Moy, Jeffery Totey, Chelsea Lin & Sara Billups

Feature photo courtesy of Salt & Straw.


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